2010 Velocite Millennium

Finished my Velocite Millennium build

I picked up my bike, the Velocite Millennium, on Thursday and saw it getting put together most of this week. I wasn’t satisfied with the Into Race ceramic BB, so I had it replaced with the SRAM Red one.

The bike has got a titanium/red color scheme going. I couldn’t decide on which handlebar tape to put on Wednesday and finally decided on the Cinelli Bubble Ribbon tape. It matches great with the red logos, the red cables, red accents on the tires and seat, and the red colors of the rim.

The finished Velocite Millennium build

I threw out my back on Tuesday, so I haven’t been able to take it for a test ride. I rode it home, but it was a short ride. My back’s getting better but it started raining cats and dogs in Taipei. It just stopped for Chinese New Year. I might be able to get a ride in tomorrow, if it’s not too wet.

Front end view, back of the shop all blurry

I ordered a pair of Xpedo Ti R-Force pedals as well as some ultra-low weight bottle cages. It looks like I’ll receive those after CNY, as most businesses are completely closed for a week for the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Close up of the front

Even if we’ve got the ITM Pathom stem and handlebars in stock, the bars themselves are 225g, about 50g heavier than the ones on the bike right now. For now, I’ll keep the bike almost stock the way it is, but my next few bikes will also be SRAM Red (both Velocite bikes, the Magnus as my race bike and the upcoming Geos as my weight weenie bike), it will be easy to switch wheels by simply swapping them out.

Cockpit fview, stem, handlebars and shifters

The ITM Pathom is an interesting option for people with wider hands and for people who want to get an integrated handlebar/stem but don’t like how heavy that combination can get. I have to say that the Pathom bars do look darn good.

All in a line

On the horizon is a set of ultra-low weight climbing wheels, which will be heavier than the ones I initially wanted, the Edge 1.25, but they will be a lot more affordable. These rims are used by FFWD. However, they have a clean, clear, carbon fiber-look. I’ve decided to go with the Tune Mag 150 and Mig 50 hubs, even if they are more expensive. The Extralite SX are lighter, but I’ve read that they can get rattly and durability might be an issue. The Tunes are only slightly heavier. I’m looking at wheels that will be 695g+spokes. Not bad.

Back view

For now, if I pop in my Velocite SCS saddle, the weight goes down by 130g. With new wheels, it might go down by almost 700g. Next weight-saving measures would involve seat post, stem, and handlebar. Then, tackling the crank.

I also want to optimize the bike, going through the parts and cutting down on some of the weight. Things like skewers, clamps, can be easily replaced by lighter versions. I might also try my hand at tuning some of the SRAM parts, though I’ve never done this before. Ultimately, this is what I’m saving for my weight weenie bike, but I wouldn’t mind getting the Millennium down to about 6kg.

I thought that my bike plans entailed at least a Dura Ace bike and a Super Record bike, but it looks like it will be SRAM for now. The only reason I’d go for Dura Ace for now would be fore Di2 and Super Record has to be fitted onto an Italian beauty.
Millennium Elite SRAM RED

Frame                    Velocite Millennium titanium      1,490
Headset                 FSA Orbit C
Compressor          FSA Carbon
Bottom Bracket   SRAM Red Ceramic BB
Seatpost                 Velocite TLC                           \ _      190
Seatpost clamp     Velocite Anchor                      /           –
Spacers x 4            generic carbon
Fork                       Velocite Zephyr                                  375
Stem                      Velocite FCS                                        132
Handlebars           Velocite LICOS                                   176
Crankset                SRAM Red                                          630
Cassette                 SRAM Red 11-25                                155
Chain                     SRAM Red PC 1090R                        255
Rear derailleur     SRAM Red                                          153
Front derailleur    SRAM Red                                           72
FD clamp               FSA clamp
Shifters                  SRAM Red                                          280
Brakes                    TRP 960 SL                                        249
Wheels                   Velocite MONC50 carbon fiber  1,540
Tubes                     Kenda
Tires                       Vittoria Open Corsa Evo-CX            430
Rim tape                High pressure tape
Bar tape                  Cinelli Bubble Ribbon
Saddle                     Prologo Scratch Pro                          240
Cables                     SRAM Red

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Total actual weight                                                          7,335gr

Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

3 thoughts on “2010 Velocite Millennium”

  1. Hi Range,

    So, a year and a half on, how are you finding the Millenium? I’m thinking about a titanium frame but am loathe to fork out the dosh without test riding the bike. Living in Singapore, I also don’t really want to pay the “shop rent” markup that’s so common here.

    Any thoughts?

    Cheers

    t

    1. The Millennium is a good frame, definitely what I needed to train. Through some spills, the frame hasn’t budged. The only fault I can find is that the rear derailleur stays are part of the frame, they are non-replaceable, so if they break, you have to get the frame repaired, which is possible, or get a new frame. Thanfully, Velocite has a lifetime warranty to prevent any mishaps.

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